Psychology is the science of human behaviour and experience. Psychologists aim to find out about human behaviour by conducting research to understand and explain thought and emotion.
Both the A level and GCSE courses introduce students to the broad range of Psychology topics. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding, thereby developing students’ transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.
Key Stage 4
|Term||Year 10||Year 11|
|1||Memory Perception||Brain and Neuropsychology, Psychological Problems Language, Thought & Communication|
|2||Perception Development||Language, Thought & Communication Social Influence|
|3||Research Methods||Revision and Exam Technique|
Students will sit two examinations at the end of Year 11, each 1 hour 45 minutes long. Each examination is comprised of a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. The content from Year 10 is assessed in Paper 1 and the content from Year 11 is assessed in Paper 2.
Key Stage 5/Sixth Form
|Term||Year 12||Year 13|
|1||Approaches, Research Methods, Social, Memory||Research Methods, Forensics, Relationships, Schizophrenia|
|2||Attachment Psychopathology||Relationships Biopsychology Recap, Issues and Debates|
|3||Biopsychology, Revision and Exam Technique||Revision and Exam Technique|
Psychology A level is a linear qualification, which means that students will sit three examinations at the end of Year 13 to gain the A level certificate. These examinations, which assess all content covered in both Year 12 and Year 13, last two hours each and consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.